Recently, some controversy has been stirring up among the Rankin Bass films, specifically Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reinder. HuffPost was the first publication to deem Rudolph as “problematic,” which sparked a political debate on Twitter between the publication, Donald Trump Jr., and tons of other Twitter users.
Rudolph is a coming-of-age story about overcoming adversity. Despite Rudolph (and Herbie, too) being ostracized from his own crowd, they all put their differences aside and make amends to move forward with the task at hand. The movie ultimately ends up becoming solely about inclusion, forgiveness, and not judging a book by its cover.
The holiday TV classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" is seriously problematic. 😳 pic.twitter.com/dOgqPF3bAP
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 29, 2018
What did Donald Trump Jr. say?
Donald Trump Jr. fired back the next day after the initial tweet by HuffPost, which prompted many others to join in. His post read, “Liberalism is a disease.”
Liberalism is a disease. https://t.co/zerLtQYIon
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 29, 2018
Is there any more backstory to HuffPost’s claim?
The tweet that sparked the initial controversy, along with the message, “The holiday TV classic “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is seriously problematic,” also contained a video with their explanation. The video pulls tweets from other users, including HuffPost contributors, claiming the movie in and of itself features homophobia, racism, and bigotry.
Some examples that people gave include Donner “verbally abusing” Rudolph into wearing the false nose over his real nose. Another example includes the promotion of “bullying” by the coach stating that Rudolph isn’t allowed to participate in the reindeer games and urging the others to bully Rudolph.
What are other people saying?
A lot of people are actually pretty annoyed.
I don’t think these people know what “antagonist” means.
— Adam Trahan (@AdamTrahan) November 29, 2018
One user claims that people are completely missing the point of the movie, saying that Rudolph is an “antagonist” for a reason.
Why are you desperate to suck all the joy from Christmas?
— Nate (on the) Stone (@nes_nathan) November 29, 2018
Some people just want to enjoy the magic of Christmas and the movies that come with it without politicizing everything.
THIS WAS THE EARLY 60’d DIFF TIME/ CULTURE! THE POINT WAS TO OVER COME BULLYING AND ACCEPT YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT AND HE GAINED CONFIDENCE IN HIMSELF AND BECAME THE STAR REINDEER AND EVERYONE PUT HIS DIFFERENCE TO THE SIDE AND ACCEPTED HIM FOR WHO HE WAS! STOP
— SiSi (@sierralee03) November 29, 2018
One Twitter user got pretty fired up and felt the need to explain what the true essence of Rudolph is about and mentioned the obvious time/culture difference of 2018 versus the ’60s.
Not including the tweets promoted in HuffPost’s video, it appears that the majority of responses to the post were negativity and not in agreement with the company’s views of the movie. Many people were angry, some were confused, and most were just annoyed at the politicization of a harmless Christmas film.
What do you think about HuffPost’s claims on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Do you think politics and biased opinions should be taken out of Christmas movies completely?
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Check out the video below of “There’s Always Tomorrow” sung by Clarice in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.